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Top-level changes in police deferred
Chandigarh, May 6
If the re-designation today of Mr A. A. Siddiqui as Additional Director-General of Police (Operations), in addition to his existing charge as Officer on Special Duty (Law & Order), is any indication, a major top-level reshuffle in the Police Department appears to stand deferred.

Disband PSGPC, says SGPC resolution
Anandpur Sahib, May 6
The SGPC executive in a resolution adopted here today has urged the Union Government to take up the issue of gurdwaras in Pakistan in the proposed bilateral Indo-Pak talks. In the resolution the Centre has been urged to ask the Pakistan government to disband the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and hand over the control of the gurdwaras in Pakistan to the SGPC.

SLIET in thick of controversy
Longowal (Sangrur), May 6
Since the initiation of an inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau into the alleged “irregularities” in the appointments and money matters at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology here and curtailing of financial and recruitment powers of the SLIET Director in April this year by the board of governors of the institute, SLIET is in the thick of controversy these days.

Principals allege bungling in engineering exams
Chandigarh, May 6
Principals of government polytechnic colleges at a meeting here today alleged bungling in the conduct of the examination of various engineering diploma courses in the state.

Powermen go on strike
Tarn Taran, May 6
The first day of the two-day strike call given by different organisations of powermen evoked a massive response in the area today. Striking employees organised gate meetings and rallies and condemned the move of the Punjab Government and the PSEB management to privatise the board.

People along the Indo-Pak border are happy about the possible revival of the Samjhauta Express after the recent peace initiatives taken by the Indian Government.
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  Justice O.P. Verma Verma to be sworn in tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 6
Justice O.P. Verma will take oath as the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory of Chandigarh, at Raj Bhawan here on May 8, according to official sources.


Move to bar docs from civil services decried
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has strongly resented the move to bar the entry of doctors in civil services and demanded a permanent scientific remedy to the problem of brain drain from the medical fraternity.

Doctors raising ‘bribery’ fund?
Amritsar, May 6
Certain medical officials who got panicky after the surprise raids on rural dispensaries and hospitals have reportedly started raising fund to bribe senior officials to prevent future raids.

Directive on FIR
Chandigarh, May 6
Acting on a petition filed by an accused in the fake arms licences case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the high court directed the transfer of a first information report, allegedly involving former Senior Superintendent of Punjab Police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai’s relatives, to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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Lawyers demand HC bench
Faridkot, May 6
Members of the District Bar Association, here have appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to establish a bench of the court at every divisional headquarter to provide justice at the door in the state. According to reports a request in this connection was made yesterday at a meeting with Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court who was on a four-day tour of the area.

‘Punjabi Haas Raag Rang’ staged
Patiala, May 6
The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, presented “Punjabi Hass Raag Rang”, a monthly theatre programme of Punjabi humour, music and drama as a part of the series “Theatre on First Sunday of Every Month” under the Patiala Baradari Gardens Theatre Movement, at Patiala.

PSEB not keeping promise, say villagers
Jalandhar, May 6
Even as residents of Mand and adjoining villages on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road have deposited the requisite fee with the PSEB to get uninterrupted power supply, the situation in these villages has gone from bad to worse. Power is available for about six hours a day.

Youth’s death: suicide or murder?
Abohar, May 6
The police today disposed of the case of death of Prem Kumar Premi (21) under Section 174 of the IPC. He died at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here last evening.

Wife of missing JE files complaint
Amritsar, May 6
Mrs Kunta Devi has, in a complaint to the police, alleged that her husband, Mr Harpal Singh, employed as a Junior Engineer in the canal department is missing.

Fate of pensioners’ files unknown
Abohar, May 6
The fate of 347 files of pensioners is not known. The Punjab Government Pensioners Association in a complaint faxed to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday said following the transfer of state government pensions from the Treasury to the banks, the pensioners had been suffering a number of difficulties.

Release of 18 jail inmates ordered
Moga, May 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, and the District and Sessions Judge, (Faridkot), Mr A.N. Jindal visited the district jail at Faridkot and listened to the grievances of the inmates even as 18 inmates were ordered to be released.

Jail inmate shifted to PGI
Bathinda, May 6
Kewal Krishan, an inmate of the Central Jail here, admitted to the civil hospital, after he allegedly swallowed a lizard has been shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh for treatment.

Police remand for accused in PMT scam case
Kharar, May 6
Devinder Singh, prime accused in the PMT scam, was sent in police remand in another case till May 7 by Kharar Judicial Magistrate Harinder Sidhu here today. The accused was produced in the court in connection with a case registered under Sections 406 and 420, IPC, here.

Re-employment of ex-DSPs resented
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Police Officers Association has objected to the re-employment of superannuated Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) on a contract basis.

Rs 328 crore for better sewerage
Jalandhar, May 6
The Punjab government has earmarked Rs 328 crore to improve sewerage in 33 towns and Rs 65 crore would be spent for providing drinking water facilities in 12 towns.


CM urged to check sale of fake seeds
Bathinda, May 6
The Judicial Accountability and Human Rights Promotion Organisation has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to look into the selling of spurious seeds and pesticides by traders allegedly in connivance with officials of the Agriculture Department.

Wheat damaged during storage
A large quantity of wheat damaged during storage with the Food Corporation of India has put a question mark on the working style of the Union Government’s premium procurement agency. About 70,000 quintals of damaged wheat worth Rs 5 crore (crop year 2000-2001) has been lying at local Shakti open plinth and Laxmi open plinth.


Govt announces transfer policy
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Government has issued guidelines for general postings and transfers during 2003-2004. An official spokesman said here today that the transfers would be made from May 1 to May 31.

EC seeks Inspector’s suspension
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, has sent another letter to the Chief Secretary urging him to get Inspector Baldev Singh Brar suspended immediately.

Panel to supervise grants’ distribution
Ferozepore, May 6
The Union Government has formed a district-level vigilance committee to supervise development works and process of distribution of grants under various centre-sponsored schemes.

Panel to prepare reforms agenda
Chandigarh, May 6
The first meeting of the newly constituted state appraisal and reforms committee was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chief Secretary. An official spokesman said here that the committee discussed the measures to be taken for preparing a comprehensive strategy for modernisation of the departments concerned.

CM’s directive to Chief Secy, DGP
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today directed the Chief Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap; and the Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Bhullar, to undertake joint tours to the divisional headquarters regularly to monitor the functioning of the civil and the police administration.


Rice mill owner arrested for fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 6
The district Vigilance Department yesterday arrested Shanti Swarup Markan, a rice mill owner of Sirhind, under Sections 406 and 409 IPC for allegedly misappropriating paddy belonging to the Punjab Ware Housing Corporation worth over Rs 24 lakh.

Booked for forcing wife into flesh trade
Pathankot, May 6
A woman (22) married Parminder Kumar of Lahri Mahantan village of this subdivision two years ago. The husband alleged to be jobless and habitual drinker, a month ago took his wife to a tent house in Sunder Chak village for some work.

XEN booked on corruption charge
Gurdaspur, May 6
The Vigilance Bureau here has booked Mr D.K. Syal, Executive Engineer Gurdaspur division, Upper Bari Doaba Canal, on charges of corruption. A case under various sections of the corruption Act and IPC was registered yesterday at a police station in Jalandhar. Official sources allege that irregularities had been committed in inviting tenders for 32 works by Mr Syal.

10 travel agents arrested
Jalandhar, May 6
The police here has arrested 10 “self-styled” travel agents for cheating persons wanting to go abroad. Seven cases have been registered against these travel agents at different police stations of the district, said Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP.

4 held in dowry death case
Abohar, May 6
Four persons have been arrested in connection with the dowry related death of Kiran, daughter of Mr Baldev Raj Sharma, a resident of Anand Nagri here, police sources said. The body of the victim was brought here from Bhawanigarh late last night. The cremation took place this afternoon.

Dowry case: raids in Jalandhar
Phagwara, May 6
The police has conducted raids in Jalandhar and Ferozepore to arrest Sat Krishna Mehta and her daughter, Madhu Prashar, who were booked along with four NRIs under Sections 420, 406 and 498-B of the IPC on Friday. Madhu Prashar is the Principal at Dev Samaj College for Women Ferozepore.


Female literacy rate falls in dist
Sangrur, May 6
The female literacy rate has fallen from 49 per cent to 42 per cent during the past five years in the district. This was stated by Dr Puran Singh Jassi, former Director, Health Services, Punjab, while presiding over a function.

Girls’ hostel incident: panel formed
Amritsar, May 6
A five-member committee was formed at Dental College here today following the incident of an alleged intruder into the girls’ hostel premises late on Sunday night. The Principal, Dr Amarjit Singh Gill, formed the committee comprising Dr Bhupinder Kaur Padda as chairperson, Dr Navneet Grewal, deputy chairperson, Dr Poonam Sekri, Dr Renu Bal and Dr Sukhwinder Pal Singh as members.

Law school Director threatened
Jalandhar, May 6
A father of a student of the School of Law Studies, being run by Guru Nanak Dev University at its Ladhewali Regional Campus here, today created unruly scene and allegedly threatened to kill the institute Director, Dr Daljit Singh, after he found that his ward might not be able to appear in the examination due to shortage of lectures.


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